Thread: Verbal Aikido
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:49 PM   #17
Randy Sexton
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Re: Verbal Aikido

As an Emergency Room doctor, I sometimes encournter patients and/or family members that become upset and angry. Before Aikido I tried to be understanding and compassionate but found it was easy to stiffen up and become inflexible but since training in Aikido I have found a better way. Irimi.
As Lynn suggested previously I keep my center and keep the inner pond undisturbed by the turbulence of the incoming storm. Calm and relaxed I can listen without being emotionally ruffled. Then I Irimi. Receive and blend with them redirecting their attack and then if necessary I throw in a little Tenkan!

Doc

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will"
Gandhi
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